Savannah Film Fest: Directors of 10 Top Docs Set for Panel

Savannah Film Fest: Directors of 10 Top Docs Set for Panel

The eighth annual ‘Docs to Watch’ panel, set for Sunday, Oct. 24, will feature the helmers of ‘Becoming Cousteau,’ ‘The First Wave,’ ‘Flee,’ ‘Found,’ ‘Francesco,’ ‘Julia,’ ‘Procession,’ ‘The Rescue,’ ‘Summer of Soul’ and ‘The Velvet Underground.’

Ten of 2021’s top documentary features will be represented by their directors on this year’s edition of the ‘Docs to Watch’ panel at the Savannah Film Fest, the nation’s largest university-run film festival.

This one-of-a-kind gathering will take place on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 24 in-person, just like the rest of the 24th edition of the fest, which will run from Oct. 23 through Oct. 30.

The films on the panel will be:

  • Becoming Cousteau (Nat Geo) by director Liz Garbus, an Oscar nominee for 1998’s The Farm: Angola, USA and 2015’s What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • The First Wave (Neon) by director Matthew Heineman, by Oscar nominee for 2015’s Cartel Land
  • Flee (Neon), by director Jonas Poher Rasmussen
  • Found (Netflix), represented by director Amanda Lipitz
  • Francesco (Discovery+), by director Evgeny Afineevsky, Oscar nominee for 2015’s Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
  • Julia (Sony Classics), co-director Betsy West, an Oscar nominee for 2018’s RBG
  • Procession (Netflix), director Robert Greene
  • The Rescue (NatGeo), co-director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, an Oscar winner for 2019’s Free Solo
  • Summer of Soul (Searchlight), represented by director Amir “Questlove” Thompson
  • The Velvet Underground (Apple TV+), represented by director Todd Haynes, Oscar nominee for 2002’s Far from Heaven

The SCAD Savannah Film Fest, usually held in Georgia on the campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, is the nation’s largest university-run film fest.

In recent years, under the helm of artistic director Christina Routhier, the event has become important stop on the awards circuit.

This year’s fest will open on October 23 with Belfast and close on October 30 with King Richard.

The centerpiece screening will be C’mon C’mon on Oct. 27.

A total of 157 films will screen at the fest, among them 45 narrative feature films, 15 documentary feature films and 97 shorts, with 14 world premieres, 1 U.S. premieres, and 3 North American premieres. 63 of the films were directed by women.